Is counseling right for me?
Seeking out counseling is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to counseling. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing emotional issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected crises and changes in one's life. Many seek counseling as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a counselor can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Counseling can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, and general life transitions. Counseling is right for anyone who is interested in getting support, creating greater self-awareness and working towards change in their lives.
Do I really need counseling? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, seeking out support when you need it is important. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need support, and that is something to be admired. Counseling provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct unhelpful patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
How can counseling help me?
Counselors can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as grief/loss, depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, and stress management. Many people also find that therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the stressors of daily life.
What is counseling like?
Every counseling session is unique and caters to each individual. It is standard for counselors to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during counseling sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly or bi-weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Counseling can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth.
Is medication a substitute for counseling?
In some cases a combination of medication and counseling is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional issues and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, counseling addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.